Marlena Kleinman Malas

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An internationally renowned recitalist, Ms. Malas graduated from the voice program of The Curtis Institute of Music in 1960. She has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Studio and has been affiliated with opera companies in New York City; Santa Fe; Boston; Miami; Washington, D.C.; and Milwaukee. She has been a soloist with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra and has appeared at the Marlboro and Casals festivals. Ms. Malas is chair of the voice department at the Chautauqua Institution and a faculty member of the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. She has given master classes in connection with the Metropolitan Opera and at New National Theatre in Tokyo, Pittsburgh Opera young artists program, Boston University, Blossom Music Festival, San Francisco Opera Center, Santa Fe Opera, European Center for Opera and Vocal Arts in Brussels, Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, and (with Joan Sutherland and Luigi Alva) Australian Opera in Sydney. She is a consultant to the Canadian Opera Center; Fletcher Opera Institute, where she has given master classes; and Washington Opera Young Artist Program, where she is also a teacher.

Spiro Malas

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Malas made his operatic debut in 1959 in his native Baltimore. He made his New York debut at New York City Opera where he came to the attention of Joan Sutherland and her husband, the conductor Richard Bonynge. He was subsequently asked to tour Australia with the Sutherland/Williamson International Opera Company. This led to appearances at London's Covent Garden, the New York Metropolitan Opera (1983-84) and Chicago Lyric Opera.

Malas first performed at the Metropolitan Opera as Sgt. Sulpice in La fille du régiment opposite Dame Joan and Alfredo Kraus. Since then, he has sung there in Il barbiere di Siviglia, La bohème, Les contes d'Hoffmann, Die Fledermaus, Eugene Onegin, L'elisir d'amore, Lulu, Manon Lescaut, Der Rosenkavalier, Salome, Tosca, and Werther. He has also appeared there in two new productions by Sir Peter Hall; as Zuniga in Carmen, and as Dr. Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro. Mr. Malas has also been seen on the Metropolitan Opera stage as Haly in L'italiana in Algeri opposite Marilyn Horne, and Capulet in Roméo et Juliette.

He has sung leading roles in the major opera houses in Rome, Naples, Salzburg, Vienna, and Florence, has appeared in televised opera, with leading symphony orchestras, and has recorded the operatic repertoire with notables such as Luciano Pavarotti, Beverly Sills, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and Sutherland.
A leading bass-baritone with the New York City Opera for many years, he has also sustained a career in television, having appeared in Spenser: For Hire, The Equalizer, Ryan's Hope, One Life to Live, Law & Order and Sex and the City. The New York Times's Frank Rich, commented on Mr. Malas' Drama Desk Award nominated portrayal of the immigrant farmer, Tony Esposito in the Broadway revival of The Most Happy Fella "As acted by Mr. Malas, Tony's inner growth and redemption become the very soul of musical drama, especially as delineated in one gorgeous Loesser song after another."
In addition to his teaching at Barnard College and Columbia University, Malas also serves on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and Curtis Institute of Music.

Michael Dean


is in demand worldwide both in concert and operatic repertoire, appearing with the leading opera companies and orchestras of the U.S. and Europe. His powerful voice and commanding stage presence have garnered him wide acclaim from audiences and critics alike, in repertoire ranging from early to contemporary music.

Mr. Dean has made frequent appearances at New York City Opera, where he has performed the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, George in Of Mice and Men, Don Alvaro in Il Viaggio a Reims, and Papageno in The Magic Flute.

Recent appearances have also included Le nozze di Figaro and La Fanciulla del West at de Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, the title role in Don Giovanni and Silva in Ernani at the Landestheater in Linz, Austria; Of Mice and Men at Arizona Opera and Opera Grand Rapids; Frank Maurrant in Street Scene at the Pittsburgh Opera; and Colline in La Bohème at Opera du Rhin (Strasbourg), Orlando Opera, and the Komische Oper Berlin.

Mr. Dean is associate professor and chair of the voice department at UCLA.

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Maria Fortuna Dean


Soprano Maria Fortuna Dean has gained worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike, in repertoire ranging from the lyric soprano to the dramatic coloratura roles.

Recent engagements (under the name Maria Fortuna) have included Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte in Bordeaux, Catania, Seattle and Dallas; Violetta in La traviata in San Francisco and Wales, Lucia di Lammermoor in Honolulu and Austin; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in Catania; La Contessa di Folleville in Il viaggio a Reims in Prague and Philadelphia; Acis in Acis and Galatea in Spoleto, USA, Fiorilla in Il turco in Italia and the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro in Long Beach, CA, Salud in in Dallas; Musetta in La boheme in San Francisco and Miami; Sandrina in La finta giardiniera in Washington DC; Diana in La Calisto and Vespina in L'infedelta delusa in Linz, Austria; Queen Isabella in Christophe Colomb in San Francisco; and Giulietta in Les Contes d'Hoffmann with New York City Opera.

Ms. Fortuna Dean has appeared in concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Oakland Symphony, the Sacramento Symphony, the Chautauqua Symphony, Sinfonia San Francisco, the Maui Symphony, and made her Carnegie Hall debut in the Bruckner Te deum with Riccardo Muti. She was featured on the Live From Lincoln Center broadcast of The Rossini Bicentennial Gala with Marilyn Horne, conducted by Roger Norrington. She has also given recitals in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Buffalo and Tulsa.

Maria Fortuna Dean was born in Niagara Falls, NY. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and her Master of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music; she is an alumna of the Merola Opera Program of the San Francisco Opera, where she was also an Adler Fellow. In 1999-2000 she was Visiting Professor of Voice at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and Visiting Lecturer in Opera Workshop at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. In 2000-2002 she was Visiting Lecturer in Voice at SUNY Fredonia. Upcoming engagements include the soprano soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, an evening of Mozart chamber music with Jeffrey Kahane of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and numerous recitals throughout Southern California.

Ms. Fortuna Dean is on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts.

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William Burden

William BurdenTenor William Burden, of Florida, has performed at the world’s greatest opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Glyndebourne, Santa Fe Opera, and the Bayerische Staatsoper, among many others. His many roles include the title roles in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Faust, The Rake’s Progress, Pelléas et Mélisande, and Candide, as well as Don José in Carmen, Captain Vere in Billy Budd, Loge in Das Rheingold, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, and Lensky in Eugene Onegin. He has also created roles in new operas by Jake Heggie, Mark Adamo, Christopher Theofanidis, and Tobias Picker. In concert, Burden has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, and Houston symphony orchestras, at the Edinburgh Festival, and on tour with Les Arts Florissants. His recordings include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS Media), Barber’s Vanessa (in the role of Anatol) with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Chandos), and Musique adorable!: The Songs of Emmanuel Chabrier (Hyperion). He also appeared in the Met Opera’s live HD broadcast of Thomas Adès’ The Tempest. Burden received his master’s degree in vocal performance from Indiana University; he was also a member of the Merola Program in San Francisco and at the Apprentice Artists Program at Santa Fe Opera. He has taught at both the Mannes School in New York and at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. He also served as artist in residence at the 2017 Glimmerglass Festival.

Maxine Davis

maxineWith my background as a singer and pianist, as well as my training in the Feldenkrais Method, I have developed a creative and intuitive approach to working with my students, a group that includes a wide range of people across the spectrum, from those in their 80's and 90's dealing with balance and pain issues or the effects of stroke, to people of all ages with back pain and various "itis's", to singers, musicians, actors and performers who are stuck technically or creatively. The common thread is my ability to connect in a creative dance that may have body mechanics and movement as its central theme, but always includes the feeling, thinking, and creating human being that is you.

In New York, I work with singers from the Lindemann program at the Metropolitan Opera, teach classes at The 92nd St. Y, and offer private Feldenkrais lessons and classes as well as voice lessons informed by the Feldenkrais approach to learning. During the summer, I work with the singers enrolled in Marlena Malas' voice program at Chautauqua Institution, where I also offer classes through their Special Studies Program.

I hold a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Performance from SUNY at Fredonia College, received a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship, and am a 1991 graduate of the NY Feldenkrais Professional Training Program.

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